Vulcan’s Keyara Wardley has officially made it into the Canadian Women’s Rugby Seven’s Program.
The Grade 12 County Central student is moving to Langford, B.C., at the end of July and starts training in August, with the hopes of playing for at least four years. She said she will likely play the position of scrum half or hooker.
Wardley received the email of acceptance into the program recently and reacted with tears of joy. “I cried. My mom read it and we both cried,” said the 17-year-old. “It’s a dream come true. Last year I wouldn’t have even imagined of being where I am now.
Becoming a professional rugby player is nerve-racking but thrilling at the same time, Wardley said. “It’s a new environment and obviously I will be away from my parents,” she said. “But it is exciting. I am speechless.” “It’s obviously going to be a new experience and a new environment, but I am ready for it,” she added. “This is what I want to do, and rugby is definitely the next step I want to take in my career.”
Acceptance into the program moves Wardley one step closer to her dream of playing in the 2020 Summer Olympics, to be held in Tokyo, Japan.